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accusations that america is siding with egypt's islamist leaders the angry opposition is refusing to meet u.s. secretary of state john kerry who is in cairo. and bradley manning's partial guilty plea is not enough for u.s. prosecutors who intend to prove the wiki leaks whistleblower aided terrorist by leaking classified documents. plus why britain's brightest are valid now for better lives elsewhere we examine what's making them pack up and the damage it could calls the u.k. . it's five pm in moscow this is r t with me and you sonali egypt's opposition has last out at washington for meddling in the country's affairs its leaders are refusing to
meet secretary of state john kerry has arrived in cairo they accuse america of siding with the ruling muslim brotherhood despite egypt's political divisions fall asleep or looks at what the u.s. chief diplomats intentions could be he says that the purpose of his visit is essentially to discuss regional and international issues have a wide spectrum of egyptian leadership that is refusing to meet with him the criticism is coming from liberal and secular leaders and they accuse kerry and the united states of siding with the muslim brotherhood and they accuse its leader mohamed morsi of essentially sticking to the same role as the ousted dictator hosni mubarak. but states has maintained close ties with morsi but the criticism is that he is failing to implement reforms and at the same time he is turning the country into a more religiously conservative ruling system at least to move opposition figures have refused invitations from kerry to sit down and hold talks with him and this
follows this week a call by the united states for the main opposition group in that is known as the national salvation front to reverse its decision to boycott parliamentary elections that are due to begin next month and yesterday kerry was in ankara telling the turks that they need to improve their relationship with israel the turkish prime minister recently made the comment that zionism was a crime against humanity and responds to those kerry said that the comments were objects in a bowl this comment could indeed frustrate kerry's attempts to try and create an improvement in a strange the israeli turkish relations that have hit an all time low what we essentially see through kerry's visit is an attempt by the united states to try and appease countries in the region israel to sensually ensure television security but the problem really is that the positions of both israel and the united states in this region are at an all time low they are under threat and in no small part due
to the actions of washington and tel aviv themselves the situation in syria has only made things worse you have the rise of islamic extremism across the region following the arab spring and this is something that the united states directly supported at the same time what we're really seeing is and washington is having to deal with problems that it created and this is essentially the core or at least part of the core of kerry's first visit to this region after taking office. secretary kerry's visit to egypt is not expected to herald a major shift in washington's policy towards the country but with israel under increasing pressure from its neighbors it's thought the overriding concern for america is protecting its key regional ally and by any means we have not seen a major rewrite situation american policy in light years bring. the transition to egypt in pretty good it's really still the same hole the seeds of the
bar of gold now the saudi it's used to protect american interests is really the army resin the presidential palace it's the army that continues to get a great deal of american funds and it is through the clothes or that i think americans hope to me and many of the same polls you see maintained under the floor so the way that these visits seem to be staged it suggests a continuation of the same american policy where israel comes first and israel's arab neighbors are really to tool. use only to try to preserve israel's security. the u.s. is pushing forward with a full court martial against army whistleblower bradley manning prosecutors plan to call a full witness list to prove he's guilty of a range of serious charges including aiding the enemy manning denies this admitting only to providing secret data to wiki leaks with the aim of her feeling the true
cost of war are to america's andrew blake was at the hearing. when p.f.c. manning finished reading his thirty five page statement he turned his microphone off he was done testifying and a handful of members of the press gallery actually journalists began applauding it was something that people had waited for a long time there he was speaking very truthfully and with power about what he did and why he did it and i think that resonated with a lot of people a big small man only five foot two you know of one hundred some odd pounds sitting very calm very collectively very cool right in front of the judge and read it thirty five page statement pretty much owning up to every single fact that the government has accused him of for the last three years and it was people expected him to go ahead and plead guilty but the way in which he actually honored what he did himself in the way that he actually to still to this day is ok with with releasing information and is aware of the significance i think really shows this
was someone who had committed to doing something and was aware aware of the repercussions and is ok with that. if found guilty of aiding the enemy private manning could spend the rest of his life in prison he has already spent over a thousand days behind bars awaiting trial and its defense team argues that his harsh detention conditions violate his constitutional rights and that the charges against him should be dropped as a result argues more important in following the case. it sure has been a rough ride since bradley manning was arrested in may two thousand and ten for the first ten months of his incarceration the former army intelligence analyst was held in solitary confinement for twenty three hours a day in a six by eight foot cell windowless cell forced to sleep naked without bed sheets and kept on suicide watch during that time hundreds of scholars experts human rights advocates as well were signing petitions and letters to have him released
from what was dubbed draconian conditions essentially called torture many critics would argue that manning was essentially forced into pleading guilty on ten charges because of the conditions he has been held in by the u.s. government but at the end of the day when manning stood up and owned up to what he did and from what i've been told and read about he is minos apologies for his behavior for his actions. one of the most shocking i don't think by manning was the so-called collateral damage video it shows a u.s. helicopter attack in two thousand and seven targeting civilians including children and journalists in court manning said he was sickened by what he called their blood loss compared the scene to a child torture outs former m i five agent any masonic says the revelation did a great service to the relatives of the victims. who live the families
take place last weekend less than twenty rockets only pushed against them to find out what the topic was. an attempt to live see is saying there was no video they can also take what has happened so by exposing this bradley manning. closure case he says are fit to become the price counties this night. and i think it went to one other aspect to our is that he tried to slash and other mainstream media outlets to begin with the washington post the new york times and the political web site and he was dismissed and in fact proposing that if this were if they were days a political thing like it was to netflix i pray that we see the old model do not respond to the push toward transparency to inform the american people what is done in the name it's amazing though isn't it that the the people who actually committed those war crimes in collateral murder video have never been arrested have never been charged and have been court martialed is the person who exposes war crimes who
is court martialed and this happens time and time again with whistle blows you shoot the messenger but you protect the people committing the crime. with no one by doing on the budget america's got some short cuts ahead eighty five billion dollars worth to be precise president obama signed them off after politics prevailed over progress on capitol hill as we report in a few minutes also. stellar performance from the space station stand by for details of a musical collaboration that out of this world. this friendship believe. the apac congress this sunday.
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live from the russian capital a rally in central moscow scald for russian orphans to be better protected the large number of children in care plus cases and abuses and death abroad have brought the topic to the fore in russia. that saturday's demonstration was very cold out there in central moscow but that didn't stop many from coming there to voice their support for the children now thousands of protesters gathered in moscow to march for the better protection of children many said they went to the streets at the call of their heart the chanted slogans orphans need mothers not grace russia definitely has some six hundred seventy thousand orphans it's a big problem and finding a home for them in russia has been difficult for many that meant going abroad for a new family although the government now wants that to change the death of me and
texas has brought this into sharp focus again just. weeks after a law came into force restricting foreign adoptions specifically americans taking on russian orphans but he was just took a tour in your rule that the three year old died accidentally in january the final autopsy showed that the bruises on his body were self-inflicted and the behavioral disorder meant to mix him was likely to harm himself russian authorities do not seem to be convinced by that and want access to all the files of the investigation seems younger brother was also adopted by the same family and is still living with them although the mother now has only restricted access so it's said it is really in moscow demonstrators called for kill to be brought home to russia and that all those involved in finding homes for the countries all friends need to work much harder in protecting society as more vulnerable children differently maxime's case is far from over the investigation is still continuing and obviously we'll be bringing all the details all the details as we hear them certainly we will keep track of this ever developing story i would say right here on r.t.
thanks alexei. well more now on britain's young professionals who are looking to take their talents elsewhere despite government plans to cut the top rate of income tax next month and with the country's most economically active class two in the long in numbers there are fears that policymakers aren't doing enough to avert further brain drain andrew farmer examines now what's driving the young and smart to greener pastures. jesse off in search of a new life abroad that is what three and a half million britons have done over the last decade but it isn't just pensioners seeking a retirement in the sun latest figures show that actually two thirds of them are professionals age twenty two to forty four and it's feared the outflow of talent is actually hurting the nation's economy clearly a lot of these people are trained professionals who are seeking to build a life elsewhere and i think that that's something policymakers should be very concerned about so what are the reasons for the exodus chiropractic feet treats
dozens of high end london kind suffering from stress every week britain's high rate of tax he says makes many consider emigrating but that's only half the story the weather is a big factor in this country it's one thing to want to bet a lifestyle basically they i know from my point of view when i was younger in south africa for example at the weekend we could go you know maybe water skiing we could go out of a bit of a lifestyle and this is what they're seeing they're seeing it in places like florida or in the states they're saying that some countries in europe that there's this sort of heat it's the lifestyle really that these people want and the quick straw poll on the street seems to confirm what he's saying but consider emigrating i definitely yes why where they are trying their finances just a nice a bit works where can i sell yeah i studied late would you ever consider emigrating yeah why. just look. up with lots of lovely countries in the world and it would be
nice to experience living in one of them so britain has a lot to compete with it can't change the weather but from next month the top rate of income tax will come down to forty five p. in the pound although nick to know his government needs to do more at the moment and understandably government and commentators are entirely focused on austerity but we need to send a signal about the future the twenty five year olds the thirty year olds are thinking long term. not in the immediate future and we need to try and explain to them that it's this country is the place to be that you will be able to keep more of your income that you are and that there is the place for aspiration and for growth it's here in britain despite the outflow of talent net migration into the u.k. is still around two hundred thousand people a year and independent think tank migration what she claims than acts as a counterbalance although exactly how much is also being debated the reality is in there there are
a number of talented people coming to the country but there's also as we well know there's a large migration from issues of asylum where they've come from very troubled and and difficult backgrounds through to economic migration where people are just trying to improve their lives that are not necessary replacing the level of skill that we're using so it's not a straight match for match whatever the true picture it is clear easily using its homegrown talent on average at a rate of four hundred people per day flying away from britain's economic troubles on a one way ticket is becoming an increasingly popular option andrew farmer r.t. london. from the haves to the have nots is america's food aid program getting to those who really deserve it. it's good to be american because you can depend on the government so i mean i guess society is kind of you know it's a good bad but that's ok is that the american way to make it on your own and not depend on the government or others where you think that is true but it's
a case by case basis where a new york or taxpayers are concerned that food stamps are going towards the gravy and not the needy. drug obama has been forced to give the go ahead to huge spending cuts which could shave as much as eighty five billion dollars off the federal budget by october the president hopes the automatic measures could be avoided by both obama and. congress couldn't agree on a way out after months of wrangling after the talks failed the blame game began with obama condemning republican intransigence for refusing to plug tax loopholes for the most wealthy said insense hundreds of thousands of american jobs are now on the line with fears that the economic impact of what's called the sequester could have global impact economist and author richard wolfe says it's the people who will ultimately pay for capitol hill's selfish squabbling. republicans and democrats alike are committed to an austerity policy as we do in see it in europe their only
disagreement is exactly who gets cut whose axes get raised and i'm very pessimistic as are most observers in washington that we are about to do what britain italy greece have done with the same dire consequences looming in our future if you cut government spending as we're about to do if you raise taxes on average people which we did on january first with the rise in the payroll tax those are a double whammy two hits on our economy they depress the economy they lose people jobs they make people cut back in their spending with less jobs and less spending government tax revenues go down and that you races whatever benefit you might have imagined would condon the government's budget the irony is the economy gets worse and the government budgets get worse until they wake up and realize that this is an inappropriate way to go at
a time of economic crisis let's remember the budget deficit of the government took off in two thousand and seven and eight which is because we had a crisis if you solve the deficit without dealing with the under lying prices it will not work. a close call for the palestinian prime minister caught up in a rupture in violence in the west bank and treated at the scene we report online on how israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds furious at the building of a barrier cutting them off from their own land. but occupy and the officer one of the n.y.p.d. is fine is left red faced after protesters acquitted of assaulting him with video showed the police account didn't add up. is that r t. the presidents of russia and the u.s. are seeking ways to avoid further setbacks in relations between their countries
that was the main theme of a phone conversation between hootin and barack obama the leaders have pledged to seek new ways of ending the conflict in syria an issue they don't see eye to eye on both have instructed their diplomats to push harder for a diplomatic political transition i should say to end the violence there on friday moscow criticize western plans to send aid to rebels saying it would only encourage them to seize power by force which in and obama have said they're also willing to work closer on global security issues including missile defense and concerns over iran and north korea's nuclear programs. and now to other world news starting with germany hundreds of activists and tories have stopped a second of the burden wall a twenty three metre section covered in street art is slated for demolition to make way for a luxury apartment block the police were forced to temporarily halt its destruction after a human chain was formed in front of a wall. and as well as vice president says allen leader go chavez is undergoing
chemotherapy at a hospital in caracas his statement was to counter swirling rumors in recent days that the president was close to death chavez has not made a public appearance since october the venezuelan officials insist he's still in charge and meeting cabinet ministers in the military hospital where he's being treated. now for some melodies from space astronauts on the international space station have been teaming up with musicians down here on earth artist tom barton found out how. welcome to the google i ready to play a little music indeed welcome to the international song station. bhansali. turn. by astronaut chris hadfield there with fellow canadian and singer ed robertson the band
a kid ladies and especially composed cosmic choral duet back on earth chris told us why it's so special to him and music is an important part of being human and to have the chance to play and sing and write music in that new place for humanity i think is also and says yes it's still pretty novel but a little further examination reveals quite a back catalogue from earth's loftiest recording studio. here cathy coleman plays the i assess his first duet with one of the music idols ian anderson from the band jethro tull had a two hundred year old irish and also a ten and then that and then once you get up there you want to share this as with most things that though they can't be just ordinary instruments. to make their life
a little brighter a guitar was a range for them getting it on board was a royal old hassle that they had to relax the strings and i did foam rubber to prevent vibration i use it is all about sharing as chris hadfield found out the first time played in space with the crew of the russian space station mir back in one thousand nine hundred five. and it's a great way of sharing the emotions of the space crews some of them out of this world. others more down to work such as ron garan disappointment on finding out his return to earth was delayed by two months. that those two station. don't know what i'm going to do. just got a call on the phone. say we are going to. some cool pop the fleet duets of the cosmic blues they've got it all here on the international song station
i'm tom button for ought to see your host only orbits our state she didn't plan it to. get back soon. us food stamps are supposed to provide vital aid to those who need it most but it seems the system is notoriously open to abuse or harshness has been finding out whether taxpayers think their money is being well spent.
according to the u.s. government more than forty seven million people now use the food stamp program are americans abusing the system this week let's talk about that one of the largest consumers of food stamps is actually wal-mart as they underpay their employees so we're concerned about people getting food stamps we should probably look in the direction of companies like wal-mart et cetera refuse to pay a living wage so it's clear i don't know but it sounds like they or does that bother you know why not well it should probably bother me because i'm a taxpayer right yeah ok but it doesn't not really no why do you just assume that people are going to abuse the system i think everybody abuses a system one way or another so how do you abuse that oh you're trying to throw this back at me or you get everyone to take the fifth on the stock exchange and everybody's ever using everything so it doesn't bother you that the numbers are
increasing. you know it just shows you that the there are more poor people that's what it shows you that poverty is increasing in this country amidst all this wealth well i think it's the social situation so i think that we as taxpayers have to realize that people do need help and we need to as a country support our own people it's good to be american because you can depend on the government so i mean i guess society is kind of you know hinting at that but that's ok it isn't the american way to make it on your own and not depend on the government or others for you think that is true but it's a case by case basis whether or not you think people are abusing the food stamps system the bottom line is that you're american you're buying groceries for a lot more people than just your family.
and if you minutes more on the rapid spread of hiv be among a very specific group in america. there's an old urban legend that says that the u.s. army stopped using search or targets for rifle practice because the soldiers would be hesitant to shoot people on the battlefield the logic is that if you practice shooting something that looks like an enemy soldier you'll be desensitized about killing real enemy soldiers so again the logic is to practice shooting at what you want to kill so you won't hesitate and speaking of not hesitating the law enforcement targets incorporated has created a special line of paper targets for police called.